Petroleum Histories Project Team
The Petroleum Histories Project was initiated by Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board – SRRB) and the Norman Wells, Tulı́t’a, and Fort Good Hope Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Councils) in 2021. Under the Sahtú Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1993), these are the bodies responsible for landscape, wildlife, and Dene and Métis ts’ı̨lı̨ (ways of life). Together, community members and collaborators are working to document the history and impacts of Imperial Oil’s operations at Tłegǫ́hłı̨ (Norman Wells). In addition to preserving this critical knowledge for future generations, this project is supporting Sahtú Dene and Métis participation in closure and reclamation of the Norman Wells oil field and strengthening present and future Indigenous roles in monitoring, stewardship, and decision-making. This research is supported by GNWT Cumulative Impacts Monitoring Program and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.